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Spurs look to kickstart league campaign

Tottenham Hotspur will begin the task of repairing their faltering season when Stoke City visit White Hart Lane this weekend. Mauricio Pochettino's side have seen ...

Top US commander for Mideast in secret Syria trip: alliance

The top US military commander for the Middle East made a secret trip to northern Syria to meet a US-backed alliance fighting the Islamic State ...

Magistrates to probe France's Fillon over 'fake jobs'

Francois Fillon, the conservative candidate in France's presidential election, will face a probe by investigating magistrates into claims he gave his family fake jobs, prosecutors ...

Trump badmouths Sweden, Germany, Paris

US President Donald Trump intensified his verbal attacks on Sweden, France and Germany Friday, painting swaths of Europe as a jihadist-infested hellscape. Firing-up victory-drunk conservatives ...

Combative Trump promises Americans safety and strength

President Donald Trump promised a massive military buildup and put a staunchly nationalistic stamp on Republican politics in a fiery address to supporters Friday. "The ...

Ferrari unveil new F1 car to rival Mercedes

Ferrari unveiled a faster and visibly changed new single seater car on Friday in which Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will bid to rival Mercedes ...

Aid donors pledge $672 mn to prevent Lake Chad famine

Donor countries on Friday pledged $672 million in emergency aid for people threatened by famine after eight years of Boko Haram violence in the Lake ...

Man Utd draw delights Rostov in Europa League last-16

Favourites Manchester United were drawn on Friday to face faraway Russian outfit Rostov, who unlike Jose Mourinho were delighted with the Europa League last-16 tie. ...

Emporio Armani puts comfort first with sporty show

Tired of tottering? Ditch the heels and dress down your elegant furs or velvets with golden trainers with the backing of Giorgio Armani, who unveiled ...

Ranieri sacking stuns football - smashes Leicester fairytale

The sacking of Claudio Ranieri as Leicester City manager just nine months after guiding the unfashionable club to a sensational Premier League title stunned the ...

Syria peace talks struggle as bomb kills dozens

The UN struggled on Friday to get a new round of Syrian peace talks off the ground, but with few signs of progress as dozens ...

S.African police fire rubber bullets at anti-immigrant march

South African police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades to break up violent clashes between local protesters and migrants in Pretoria on Friday ...

West Mosul breached as war on IS rages in Iraq and Syria

Iraqi forces on Friday entered west Mosul neighbourhoods, a key stronghold in the shrinking "caliphate" of the Islamic State group, which replied with deadly suicide ...

IS suicide blast kills 51 near Syria's Al-Bab

An Islamic State group suicide bomber killed 51 people outside Syria's Al-Bab on Friday, in a major blow just hours after rebels seized the town ...

VX: the banned, deadly nerve agent that killed Kim

As Malaysian toxicologists reveal that the banned nerve agent VX was used in the airport assassination of Kim Jong-Nam, here are some key questions and ...

Plan to save Great Barrier Reef set back decades: experts

Australia's plan to rescue the beleaguered Great Barrier Reef has been set back at least two decades after the fragile ecosystem suffered its worst-ever bleaching ...

Mental conflict endures for former child soldiers

Haunted by indelibly painful memories, deprived of schooling and strangers to their own families -- for former child soldiers returning to normal life is often ...

Rio's evangelical mayor skips wild carnival start

The decision by Rio de Janeiro's deeply religious new mayor to skip the traditional opening of the world's most famous carnival overshadowed the party on ...

'La La Land' set to win big at Oscars

The Hollywood awards season reaches its glittering climax at the Oscars on Sunday with "La La Land," a starry-eyed love letter to the glamour of ...

Kim Jong-Nam killed by VX nerve agent: Malaysia police

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's half brother was assassinated with a lethal nerve agent manufactured for chemical warfare and listed by the UN as a ...

Top Philippine drug war critic arrested, but defiant

The highest-profile critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal drug war was arrested Friday on charges she said were meant to silence her, but she ...

IS forcing children, disabled into suicide cars: US general

Islamic State jihadists are forcing children and disabled people into explosives-laden trucks and making them drive at Iraqi security forces in Mosul, a general from ...

Prada show revels in femininity, crochet bras

Prada rang in its autumn-winter 2017 collection in Milan Thursday to cheers and wild applause, triumphing with a feminine runway which revived the cardigan and ...

Transgender students decry 'dangerous' Trump decision

Activists, parents and transgender students vowed to resist the Trump administration's "dangerous" reversal of federal protections of bathroom rights, warning it risked exposing young people ...

US promises no mass deportations in bid to calm Mexico

US officials promised Mexico no "mass deportations" or use of military force to expel immigrants, moving to calm tensions over President Donald Trump's vow to ...

I'm staying at Manchester United says Rooney

Wayne Rooney said Thursday he was staying with Manchester United following persistent speculation he could make a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League. British ...

Happy Feet meets T-Rex: Penguins in the age of dinos

A giant penguin foot-bone discovered in New Zealand shows that the ancestors of everyone's favourite flightless bird waddled Earth during the age of dinosaurs, researchers ...

Rise in east Europeans leaving UK since Brexit vote: data

Migrants from eight Eastern European countries are increasingly leaving Britain after the Brexit vote but the number arriving from Bulgaria and Romania has jumped, official ...

SpaceX cargo ship arrives at space station, day after aborted process

An unmanned cargo ship packed with food and supplies for astronauts arrived safely at the International Space Station Thursday, a day after SpaceX aborted the ...

UN envoy meets Syrian rivals, but hopes dim for peace talks

The UN's Syria envoy launched consultations Thursday with rival sides in the six-year conflict, but hopes of breakthrough are clouded by persistent violence and deadlock ...

Turkey-backed Syria rebels seize battleground town from IS

Turkish-backed Syrian rebels said Thursday they had fully captured the town of Al-Bab from the Islamic State group, marking a key defeat for the jihadists ...

Pakistan on edge as eight killed in fresh Lahore bomb blast

At least eight people were killed and 28 injured after a bomb ripped through Pakistan's Lahore Thursday, officials said, the tenth attack in just under ...

Iraq forces enter IS-held Mosul airport

Iraqi forces on Thursday thrust into Mosul airport on the southern edge of the jihadist stronghold for the first time since the Islamic State group ...

BBC journalist faces five years jail for Thailand reporting

A British journalist with the BBC faces up to five years in a Thai jail after a lawyer brought a criminal defamation case against him ...

'Anybody could be a refugee': Ai Weiwei films global crisis

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has a message for US President Donald Trump, Europe's populist right and those who would shut their national borders to ...

Baby orangutan rescued after being kept as a pet

Baby primate Vena shyly turned her head away from a bottle as two vets tried to feed her, the latest Bornean orangutan rescued in Indonesia ...

Syrian peace talks to resume with expectations low

UN-brokered Syrian peace talks resume in Geneva on Thursday, but hopes of a breakthrough are dim, clouded by persistent violence and deadlock over the country's ...

North Korea lashes Malaysia over Kim assassination

North Korea’s state media broke a 10-day silence Thursday on the murder of Kim Jong-Un’s half brother, launching a ferocious assault on Malaysia for “immoral” ...

US envoy Tillerson in Mexico to soothe ties

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with Mexican leaders on Thursday to try to calm a row over President Donald Trump's trade and immigration ...

New citizens breathe sigh of relief in Trump's America

Overjoyed new US citizens breathed a huge sigh of relief and celebrated Wednesday, largely -- if not uniformly -- critical of the Trump administration's orders ...

Bowie wins as Brit Awards pay tribute to George Michael

David Bowie posthumously won two Brit awards on Wednesday in an emotional London ceremony which also saw tributes paid to the late George Michael. Superstar ...

France's Macron wins key ally as Le Pen aide charged

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron won the support of a key centrist, hailing it as a turning point in his campaign, as an aide to ...

Seven Earth-like planets discovered around single star

Researchers announced Wednesday the stunning discovery of seven Earth-like planets orbiting a small star in our galaxy, opening up the most promising hunting ground so ...

Argentine researcher falls into Nicaragua volcano

An Argentine volcanologist and a Nicaraguan guide who fell into an active volcano were in good health Wednesday after being rescued by firemen, officials in ...

Leak sparks security scare for anti-Islam Dutch MP

A security scare over the safety of outspoken far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders emerged Wednesday just three weeks before a knife-edge election, after a police ...

Saving Simba and Lula, last two survivors of Mosul zoo

Simba the lion and Lula the bear are the Mosul zoo's only survivors -- the other animals were killed by shelling, starved to death or ...

Princess Diana's iconic dresses go on show for anniversary

Glittering gowns, elegant suits and bold mini-dresses worn by the late Princess Diana will go on show from Friday on the 20th anniversary of her ...

Dutch PM meets far-right foe after security leak scare

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte met Geert Wilders on Wednesday to discuss the far-right MP's security after a government agent was arrested on suspicion of ...

Stolen 'Work will set you free' gate returned to Dachau

An iron gate with the infamous slogan "Arbeit macht frei" ("Work will set you free"), stolen from the former Nazi concentration camp of Dachau in ...

Brit Awards to honour George Michael

The Brit Awards were to pay tribute to the late George Michael on Wednesday, in a ceremony that is also giving greater recognition to minority ...

Iraq forces poised for Mosul airport assault

Iraqi forces readied on Wednesday for an assault on Mosul airport after blitzing jihadist positions in a renewed offensive to retake the Islamic State group's ...

Russia asks Syria to halt bombing during UN peace talks

Russia has called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stop his bombing campaign while peace talks take place this week, but a political breakthrough on ...

Russia court orders release of opposition activist

Russia's Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that an opposition activist jailed for staging peaceful protests in an unprecedented case should have his conviction quashed and ...

'Bacha bazi': the Afghan practice of child sex slavery

Afghanistan is set to criminalise the practice of "bacha bazi" -- the sexual exploitation of boys -- with a slew of stringent punishments laid out ...

Lloyds Banking Group posts surging profits

Lloyds Banking Group announced soaring annual profits Wednesday on lower charges linked to an insurance scandal, as it awaits a full return to the private ...

Logistics nightmare: helping the Boko Haram displaced

Not a single car remains in the town of Dikwa in northeast Nigeria and there's no way to communicate to the outside world, as all ...

Kabul to set penalties for subculture of boy sex slaves

Afghanistan is set to lay out stringent penalties for "bacha bazi" -– sexual slavery and abuse of boys –- for the first time, officials say, ...

Film depicts crackdown on China labour advocates

Film-maker Wen Hai had intended to portray the gritty lives of Chinese migrants toiling in factories in his documentary "We The Workers", but wound up ...

North Korea diplomat wanted over Kim killing: Malaysia

Detectives probing the assassination of Kim Jong-Un's half-brother want to question a North Korean diplomat, Malaysia's top policeman said Wednesday. Investigators have put five North ...

Convicted ex-Hong Kong leader jailed 20 months for misconduct

Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang was sentenced to 20 months in prison on Wednesday after a high-profile corruption trial found him guilty of misconduct ...

Women, minorities fare (a little) better in Hollywood: report

Women and minorities are faring better in Hollywood and feature prominently at this year's upcoming Oscars, but they are still woefully underrepresented overall in the ...

Women's life expectancy on track to hit 90 in some nations

By 2030 life expectancy for South Korean women could top nine decades, an average lifespan long thought to be out of reach, researchers said Wednesday. ...

US-backed fighters advance on IS in Syria's east

An alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters seized more than a dozen villages in eastern Syria on Tuesday in their drive to encircle the Islamic ...

Kardashian heist suspects talk, but no sign of jewels

A diamond that "everyone was scared to sell": More than a month after French police arrested the suspected robbers of TV star Kim Kardashian, investigators ...

US targets millions in sweeping deportation plan

The Trump administration issued tough new orders for a sweeping crackdown on illegal immigrants, putting nearly all of the country's 11 million undocumented foreigners in ...

Take sex breaks on work time, suggests Swedish councillor

Swedes should take a one-hour paid break from work to go home and have sex with their partners, a local councillor suggested in a proposal ...

Trump denounces 'horrible' anti-Semitic threats

After remaining silent on the subject for several days, President Donald Trump on Tuesday decried a spate of anti-Semitic threats against Jewish community centers across ...

Brazil's poorest region suffers worst drought in a century

A cow's skull lies baking in the sun and nearby another dead cow rots, symbols of the desolation gripping northeastern Brazil during its worst drought ...

Jolie has warm words for estranged husband Pitt

Angelina Jolie had warm words for her estranged husband Brad Pitt and is optimistic about the future of their family, the Hollywood star said in ...

Age-defying Casillas, Buffon renew rivalry

Goalkeeping icons Iker Casillas and Gianluigi Buffon will renew a rivalry going back almost two decades when Porto host Juventus in Wednesday's Champions League last ...

Austria detains Ukraine tycoon after extradition ruling

Austria arrested one of Ukraine's richest men, a fresh twist for the one-time ally of ousted pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych. Gas magnate Dmytro Firtash was ...

Far-right firebrand quits Breitbart over pedophilia remarks

Serial provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative firebrand and staunch fan of President Donald Trump, resigned Tuesday from the right-wing news site Breitbart amid a storm ...

Scientists find four new miniature frog species in India

Scientists have discovered four new species of miniature night frogs small enough to sit on a fingernail in a remote part of India, according to ...

Brazil transgender model Sampaio 'fighting for better world'

Valentina Sampaio, the first transgender model to make the cover of French "Vogue", will be flying the flag for the LGBT movement at Milan fashion ...

Mugabe marks 93rd birthday with faltering TV interview

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, the world's oldest national ruler, turned 93 on Tuesday, using a long and occasionally rambling interview to vow to remain in ...

Politics and parties as London Fashion Week wraps up

Political engagement, a fondness for parties past and the love of a good frill were just some of the highlights of this season's London Fashion ...

Civilians trickle towards Iraq forces in new Mosul assault

On the edge of the village of Al-Buseif, captured overnight from the Islamic State group by Iraqi forces advancing on western Mosul, a federal policeman ...

Iran leader backs liberation from Israel 'tumour'

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on Tuesday for the "complete liberation" of Palestine from the "tumour" of Israel, renewing his regime's refusal to ...

Bodies of 74 migrants wash up on Libya beach

The bodies of 74 migrants who drowned in the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe have washed up on a beach west of the Libyan capital, ...

Israeli soldier gets 18 months for killing Palestinian

An Israeli military court on Tuesday sentenced a soldier to 18 months in prison for shooting dead a wounded Palestinian assailant who lay on the ...

Civilians in the crossfire of Boko Haram and the military

The four women lay dazed on the beds of the clinic. The face of one of them was burnt. Another broke her leg during the ...

UAE grapples drones after airport closures

Dubai authorities are grappling with new ways of keeping the emirate's skies safe after drones halted air traffic at one of the world's busiest airports ...

Philippines' Duterte a serial killer: senator

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is a "serial killer" who should be forced out of office, one of his chief critics said Tuesday, as she faced ...

Seven die at Pakistan court as three suicide bombers attack

At least seven people were killed when multiple Taliban suicide bombers attacked a court complex in northern Pakistan Tuesday, the latest in a series of ...

Arts save young Mexicans from crime

Ex-drug addict Fernando Rivera lived through hell as a youth from a poor and violent suburb of Mexico City -- until art saved him. Now, ...

Romania's have-a-go heroes fight corruption

Romanian architect Serban Marinescu never thought he'd come up against such brazen corruption. And when a city mayor demanded a backhander, he plucked up his ...

At least 11 US Jewish centers get bomb threats

Nearly a dozen Jewish community centers across the United States received bomb threats that led to evacuations Monday, in the latest wave of such attacks ...

Mugabe turns 93, vowing to rule on in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, the world's oldest national ruler, turns 93 on Tuesday, defiantly vowing to remain in power despite growing signs of frailty and ...

Armed guards at Kim morgue, reports say son arrives for body

Malaysian armed guards on Tuesday stood watch at the hospital holding the body of Kim Jong-Nam, the assassinated half-brother of North Korea's leader, amid reports ...

Kim killing one week on: what we know

A week since news broke that the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un had been assassinated, a clearer picture is emerging of the Cold ...

Five die as plane crashes into Melbourne shopping centre

A light aircraft smashed into shops and exploded into a "massive fireball" killing all five on board, including four American passengers reportedly golfers on the ...

1.4 million children face famine in four countries: UNICEF

Almost 1.4 million children suffering from severe malnutrition could die this year from famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, the UN children's agency ...

Henry Moore sculptures inspire new Burberry collection

Draw close to a Henry Moore sculpture and the seemingly smooth surface is scratched with tool marks, a marriage of contrasts that inspired Burberry's new ...

Trump names H.R. McMaster as national security advisor

Donald Trump tapped respected Army lieutenant general H.R. McMaster as his national security advisor, hoping to course correct after his first pick resigned and his ...

Thousands of anti-Trump protesters say 'not my president'

About 10,000 anti-Trump protesters marched in New York to shouts of "not my president!" Monday, joined by others in cities across the United States on ...

Gaza mother reunited with baby amid Israel entry row

A Palestinian baby was reunited with her mother after more than six months Monday after Israel granted Jumana Daoud a permit to travel from Gaza ...

Russia's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin dead at 64

Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, who for years fended off Western criticism and defended Moscow's actions in Ukraine and Syria, has died ...

Man City's Guardiola keen to keep peace with Aguero

Pep Guardiola insists his relationship with Sergio Aguero remains strong despite mounting speculation over the Manchester City striker's future since the arrival of Gabriel Jesus. ...

Ancelotti must explain explicit gesture

Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti has been asked to explain how he lost his calm and stuck a finger up at a group of Hertha ...

Leftist sits tight for Ecuador presidential victory

Leftist Lenin Moreno was crossing his fingers Monday for outright victory in Ecuador's presidential vote, but risked being forced into a runoff that could shift ...

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